Okay. In the newsletter our mall sends out every month, they said over 16,000 items were sold and there were 4200 invoices for the month of October making it their third best October ever. I did notice they did not mention a dollar amount. They usually do. Hmmmm…..
So how much did our booth contribute to that? Not a whole heck of a lot. I mean, I guess my sales were as good as could be expected considering we have precious little furniture in there to run up the sales total. If we had a small booth, the sales total would be fine. Not great, but okay. But we don’t. We have a large, double booth to accommodate those big ol’ farm tables and other large pieces Ricky builds. Problem is, there is no big ol’ farm table in there, nor has there been in several months. Gosh! I’ll be glad to get back to a normal routine!!
October with Etsy was very encouraging! Finally! Did I do anything different? Not that I know of. I just kept on listing when I could like I always do. Some items that sold were new listings, some not. Kinda gets back to my theory that something happens to my shop when they are testing. Or maybe it was the whole 4th quarter thing. Or maybe just coincidence. I don’t know. I just want it to continue and get better from there.
The total sales were $371.10. Not where I want them to be, I’d prefer $3710.00, naturally, and I’d say $3000 is my goal, but I have to spend a LOT more time working than I’ve been able to to make that goal. Still, sales were sooooo much better than they have been that I’m pretty happy. When you consider how much time I have NOT been able to devote to selling, I’m okay with the numbers.
I feel weird about telling how much I pay for individual items but will say that my total purchase price for the items that sold was………………. $8.30. Six items were “free”, some from my parent’s. The word free is relative, though. I worked hard for those free things. Continue reading →
September sales were bad for me. Both on Etsy and in the booth. You can see the >>Etsy sales report here<< While I won’t take total blame for the poor Etsy sales, I do take full responsibility for the booth. We’ve been so wrapped up in selling my dad’s house (We closed on Friday. Yay!) and getting our house ready to put on the market, the best I’ve done with the booth is run by and do a quick straightening and not even once a week with that. It was sloppy. Picked-over looking. Horrible. Looked like it didn’t belong to anyone. So sad. Not like me at all. Here is how it looked when I went yesterday, prior to filling it back up — which will be next week’s post:
Booth prior to restocking.
No wonder sales were bad!
I really debated even sharing the sales for the month, but if I’m anything, I’m transparent. I share the good and the bad. Because we ALL go through good and bad. Well, most of us anyway. Some people live a charmed life, but it ain’t me.